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1) You may be eligible for the scheme if you are aged under 66, have qualified child(ren) and are on one of the following payments:

  • Jobseeker's Benefit or Allowance for at least 12 months in total (and at least 6 months in the last year)
  • One-Parent Family Payment


  • Jobseeker’s Transition Payment (for customers  parenting alone with children aged between 7 and 13 inclusive).

You can combine time spent on education, training, supported employment or work placement programmes with time on a Jobseeker's payment to meet the eligibility requirements. If you are on such a programme having come to it from one of the welfare schemes listed, you may qualify for the dividend scheme without having to sign back onto your original welfare payment.

2) Your family must exit welfare (other than Family Income Supplement (FIS) and Child Benefit) for one of the following reasons:

  • Being in or taking up employment,


  • Being in or taking up self-employment.

3) Eligibility for former recipients of One-Parent Family Payment (OFP)

You may be eligible for the scheme if you were formerly a recipient of One-Parent Family Payment (OFP) and are working. You may be eligible if you do not claim another primary welfare payment (except FIS and Child Benefit).

FIS is a means tested payment and is only payable where a person works 19 hours or more per week. BTWFD can be paid with FIS and does not impact on the FIS means test.

Last modified:14/05/2015